Povetkin's Manager: Klitschko Accepted WADA Drug Tests (BoxingScene.com)
Alexander Povetkin's team was a little pissed off with Wladimir Klitschko having some fun with a cardboard cut-out of Povetkin at a press conference that Povetkin missed. But more importantly, Wladimir has agreed to WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) testing for their September fight.
Julio Cesar Chavez-Pawel Wolak Could Happen on Sept. 11 (FanHouse)
Now this is a good next fight for Chavez. Wolak is a guy who can be impressive on his better nights and is solid on his worse nights, and really is a next step up from John Duddy. Wolak (27-1, 17 KO) brings good pressure and has a winning sort of attitude, if that makes sense, and I don't mean it in the way that someone might say "Derek Jeter knows how to win." I actually quite like this fight for Chavez. If he continues to improve under Roach, it's a guy he likely will beat, but it's the right move forward. I both understand it and respect it.
Dana White says boxing won't be around much longer (Cagewriter)
Dana White lends more of his boxing opinions to the world in an attempt to stir up controversy and talk, which I guess has worked. Dana is a better promoter than anyone in boxing, and I don't mean to call him "stupid," because he's a smarter man than I am, but boxing is not going anywhere. I cannot say this enough. Boxing is not going to "go away." It's not even going to leave TV. Boxing may well have to be restructured at some point, and I don't want to get into that because it'll take forever, but the World's Strongest Man and poker are on TV. Boxing isn't even in any immediate danger of becoming marginalized. The sport has very important backers. Yes, UFC is a better-run business, but UFC is a company. Boxing is an entire sport. As Phil Leotardo once said, "Apples and bowlin' balls."
Boxer Green fuming after Briggs farce (Sydney Morning Herald)
Egotistical Danny Green says he's refusing to pay Paul Briggs for their farcical fight, in which Briggs went down after a left hand, pawing jab that barely grazed him in 29 seconds. It was the most blatant dive you're going to see. But Green needs to look in the mirror here, too. Even if he had nothing to do with it -- and we have no reason to suspect he colluded in fixing a fight, nor are we saying he did -- he booked a fight against a ragged old fighter who hadn't fought in three years. This fight was a farce from the minute it was signed. Briggs' stunning display just made it worse.
New York State Athletic Commission lifts Golden Boy suspension (ESPN New York)
Golden Boy's 90-day license suspension in New York was lifted. They paid a $10,000 fine for what is now being handled merely as an oversight and mistake. Golden Boy is considering legal action against "the outlets that published (George) Kimball's stories," but would prefer retractions and apologies. I don't know if our linking to that is considered "publishing," but if it is: We apologize, Golden Boy. If boxing fans could get an apology for your PR team's refusal to let go of "WHO R U PICKING?" and maybe one for Mayweather-Marquez, that'd be nice. (I keed, Golden Boy legal team, I keed!)
Donaire, Concepcion and Sonsona return to action (ABS-CBN)
Nonito Donaire will face Fernando Montiel in November, with Bob Arum saying that Showtime will decide on the venue this week. Bernabe Concepcion and Eden Sonsona will return in September, and Richie Mepranum will likely fight in August.
Japanese Scene: Hozumi Hasegawa, Tomoki Kameda, Nobuhiro Ishida, plus more... (The Boxing Bulletin)
Sidney Boquiren keeps you updated on what's happening in Japan.
Boxer Bae loses fight for life (The Korea Times)
"Boxer Bae Ki-suk passed away, Wednesday, after falling unconscious following his match, Saturday. Bae, who was defeated by a TKO in a match with Jung Jin-ki in the super flyweight class, was transferred to the hospital and had surgery after suffering stroke-like symptoms."